Sharon Litwin

Related imageThe question at the center of Rabbi Litwin’s rabbinate is “What does it mean to be a liberal Jew in the 21st century?” As the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn, NJ, Rabbi Litwin works to create a vision with her families of what Judaism can be. Her goal is to help them want to seek the deeper meanings in Judaism. When her congregants say “We’re not religious,” she shows them how much wisdom there is in Judaism to assist and inspire them in their lives. Rabbis Litwin’s experiences cross denominations. After leaving her increasingly Orthodox shul as a teenager, she discovered Reform Judaism at Washington University in St. Louis. There she was mentored by the first female rabbi whom she ever met, and was inspired to attend rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. After ordination, she led a congregation in suburban Chicago for three years, but realized Jewish education was her passion. She moved across the country, and taught rabbinics to middle school students at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, NJ. From there she became the Director of Education and Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Ridgewood, NJ where she founded and led a multi-congregational partnership religious school. Since her journey now brought her to the Conservative Movement, she joined the Rabbinical Assembly in 2010. Rabbi Litwin also serves as the secretary of the North New Jersey Board of Rabbis. She is the proud mother of Abby and in her limited spare time loves biking, swimming, and other outdoor activities.